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    March 13, 2015 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    I just ordered this book:



    :: 2 ::

    Because this:

    Meet Kuyper

    Yes. That’s right. I gave my husband a puppy.

    So here’s the deal. When he was a child, my husband always wanted a dog, but he was never allowed to have one. So as the years have gone by, and we’ve had various animals, my husband has mentioned off and on that he’d like to have a dog “someday.” I wasn’t really into getting a dog because I know how much trouble they are if you are going to train them right, and I am sort of busy, as you might guess.

    But one day, my husband was going on and on about he never had a dog and I realized this wasn’t a passing thing. This was a Thing. He really wanted a dog. So when my friend {Hi, Michele!} showed me puppy photos at our last CM group meeting, and told me she was giving them away for free, and I saw that they were black and white, exactly like my husband dreamed of, I just knew that this was the dog for him.

    So I said I’d take one. I was going to give it to him for our anniversary {which is in May}, but the children got a little upset about not being involved that way, so we decided to tell him this was a super-early Father’s Day gift.

    And you know what?

    I totally just won Wife of the Year.

    Giving him that puppy was amazing. I couldn’t believe how happy he looked. It was great.

    So now, in addition to two rabbits, a desert tortoise, and a varying number of goats {as of right now, we have three adults and one baby }, we have a dog.


    :: 3 ::

    Baby Doe GoatThe day after I gave him the puppy, kidding season started. If I were smarter, I wouldn’t have planned to be doing puppy training all night while also getting up early with a new mama goat. I don’t usually drink coffee, but I had two cups on Tuesday in order to get through it all.

    It’s a girl! Isn’t she lovely?

    Her name is Snowdrop.



    :: 4 ::

    Here’s this week link collection:


    :: 5 ::

    Visual Latin Ides of March Sale -- 30% off codeAre any of you in the market for Visual Latin? If so, I’ve got a coupon code for you. You can get 30% off Visual Latin this weekend only — March 13-15, 2015. Just use this code: IDES30.

    We love Visual Latin, as you know. Right now, we use it in combination with Henle.


    :: 6 ::

    This past weekend, we watched the movie Belle. Oh my goodness. I wasn’t sure what to expect with it, but I really, really liked it. In fact, I highly recommend it.

    Whenever I watch movies like this, I am just fascinated with the politics of marriage in England. I doubt it is still like this, at least to this extreme, but this idea of marrying “above” you or “beneath” you is interesting. I mean, here we do talk about marrying to a good match, but this is a totally different animal.


    :: 7 ::

    Answering your questions…

    • Question: Can six six-week terms work out well for year-round study?
      • Answer: I did the math and yes, yes they can. This is basically what I do, though I wouldn’t call it year-round study because we definitely have a long summer break. But still, I do six weeks on and one week off most of the year. AmblesideOnline is divided into three 12-week terms, so it’s very similar. I just divide the 12 weeks into halves and ta-da! Six six-week terms! 🙂
    • Question: How do you get outside time in with all the mothering, and naps, and chores, and dinner prep that has to be done?
      • Answer: I’m assuming you mean me, personally? If so, I will be honest and say this is one reason I like having goats. Otherwise, I would hardly ever go outside. Having to milk them twice a day forces me outside twice per day, and sometimes I even find reason to stay longer than the amount of time required for me to do my chores. Another method of mine has been to try and do our lessons outside once per week during fine weather. We try to do nature study regularly as well. I’d like to say weekly, but it ends up being more like every other week in reality. My children do spend quite a bit of time outside playing or doing chores or working in their garden. I’m not with them during that time, but it does add up to a number of hours each day.
    • Question: For Art, should I be teaching something or just let him draw whatever he wants?
      • Answer: I don’t know the “right” answer, but I can tell you that we have done different things along the way. Sometimes, I’ve just let them draw what they wish, yes. I think there is a time and place for that. Earlier this year, a wonderful woman from our church offered a six-week drawing class at her home, and my two older children attended that and learned a lot. Sometimes, I give them books with good instructions and have them pick something to draw and come show it to me, while telling them I’m available if they have any questions or want help. A great example is the Draw Write Now books. My children have taught themselves to draw a number of things using those books, and their skills have spilled over into other areas. Right now, I’m studying Art for Kids Drawing and going to start giving a lesson from it now and then during Enrichment Fridays.


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  • Reply Amber March 15, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Wow, now that is a cute puppy! And congrats on your first kid of the season.

    And I came across this article about the CA water situation and thought it was a good one… – and a lot better than the one you linked to a week or two ago. *ahem* 🙂 It provoked a lot of conversation at our home this morning and I thought I’d share it with you too.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 16, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Ooh! That IS a better argument.

  • Reply Jerilyn March 15, 2015 at 4:13 am

    I’m very tempted to buy visual latin even though we don’t need it yet. I hope to find a sale when we do!

    Do you think its possible to do the worksheets without actually printing them out? (Like on the computer)

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 15, 2015 at 6:57 am

      I suppose if a child looked at the screen, they could then write their answers on a separate piece of paper. I have always printed them, though. 🙂

  • Reply Sara McD March 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    What a great early Father’s Day gift! And such a cute puppy!

    Also, I often joke that I “married up.” Except it’s only half a joke. But he seems happy and his family is gracious. I’m going to look for that movie.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 14, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      We have that joke, except I like to joke that HE married up. 😉

  • Reply Anna March 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I watched Belle last night after reading your recommendation. It was lovely, and I think it will make a great mother-daughter movie sometime. 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! I agree that it’d be a great mother-daughter movie. I hope I remember once my girls are old enough!

  • Reply Heather M March 14, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Oh no did your perfectly timed kidding go awry? I was always so impressed that you could plan a break week around kidding. My fil goats come anytime during the month, but he also has a billy and its a bit difficult to keep him out sometimes.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 14, 2015 at 6:31 am

      Yes! The problem is that in the past, I’ve known the date of the breeding, so then it is simple math to figure out — within about five days — when kidding will happen. But this time I didn’t see it, so I didn’t have a clue. Even now my other doe is huge and I have no idea! Oh well. It is good for me to learn flexibility, right? 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Winton March 14, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I loved the movie Belle also! Always love hearing what you are up to. Your posts inspire me to keep reaching higher with CM standards in our little school.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 14, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Be thankful it doesn’t inspire you to buy Too Many Animals. That is always a risk of reading around here. 😉

  • Reply Rhebeka March 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Excellent choice in books for how to raise a puppy. It’s what I used/use and I love the holistic approach. How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend is also very good. Good luck! 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      I was wondering what my next book should be on this subject, so thank you for the recommendation!

      I can’t take any credit for this book choice. I have a friend who is very good with dogs and has a ton of books on training, and this was her recommendation for me to start with. 🙂

  • Reply Michele March 13, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I’m so, so happy that Siah loves the puppy <3

    Bummer about Visual Latin, I just bought level 2 last week :-/

    And thanks for the movie recommendation, we'll check it out for date night. Cinderella on the big screen tonight though!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Oh no! I almost put up the code last week, but I was thinking it’d be forgotten before the sale even started. Boo. 🙁

      We are planning to see Cinderella next Friday! Have SO much fun! 🙂

  • Reply dawn March 13, 2015 at 7:44 am

    The puppy is adorable. Love his name too.

    We are really liking the Art for Kids Drawing book. We are surprised with what we can do.

    My kids are upstairs singing the Grand Old Duke of York because they read about him in This Country of Ours.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 13, 2015 at 7:56 am

      I knew you would like the name! I can’t take credit for it — Siah named him.

      Your kids are so great! I love that they are doing that! 🙂

      • Reply dawn March 13, 2015 at 8:20 am

        And I love that AmblesideOnline gave them the opportunity/impetus.

        • Reply Brandy Vencel March 13, 2015 at 8:25 am

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